OIG Investigative Reports, Jury Returns Guilty Verdicts in Fraud Case Skip to main contentAbout UsContact UsFAQs Language Assistance Englishespañol中文: 繁體版Việt-ngữ한국어TagalogРусский U.S. Department of Education Search for: Toggle navigation U.S. Department of Education Student Loans Grants Laws Data About ED OFFICES Home Reports & Resources Programs/Initiatives News Office Contacts Investigative Reports For Immediate Release June 30, 2004 Eastern District of Michigan Jeffrey G. Collins United States Attorney Suite 2001 211 West Fort Street Detroit, Michigan 48226-3277 Gina Balaya (313) 226-9758 Contact: Christopher Fox, Special Agent in Charge, Department of Education, OIG Jury Returns Guilty Verdicts in Fraud Case A jury, after deliberating for approximately eight hours, returned guilty verdicts today against Mahmoud Younis, 55, of Dearborn, Michigan, the owner and director of The Training Center located a 5003 Schaefer, Detroit; Registrar and Assistant Director, Walid Alsabbagh, age 40 of Dearborn, Michigan; Director of Education, Jamal Mourtada, 50 of Detroit, Michigan; and Admissions Director, Muna Jaber, 46 of Dearborn, Michigan on charges of Conspiracy to Defraud the United States Department of Education, wire fraud, and student financial aid fraud. Additionally, Instructor, Sahar Younes, 26 of Dearborn, Michigan was convicted of student financial aid fraud, United States Attorney Jeffrey G. Collins announced today. Samira Mouzahem was acquitted of making a false statement. Three other defendants is this case have previously plead guilty. They include Miriam Chibb Chibb who plead guilty to making a false statement, Linda Johnson, the Financial Aid Director, who plead guilty to student financial aid fraud and Gregory Moore, the Ability to Benefit Test Administrator who plead guilty to student financial aid fraud. The four-week trial was conducted before the Honorable Paul D. Borman in Detroit, Michigan. The evidence presented at trial established that the defendants Younis, Alsabbagh, Mourtada and Jaber falsified or directed the falsification of records and violated regulations in order to continue accreditation and to receive funds from the Department of Education (DOE) by falsifying General Educational Development (GED) certificates, high school diplomas, Ability to Benefit tests and certifications of foreign high school education. In addition, records of students enrolled in or attending classes in ineligible programs were altered and falsified to make it appear as though the students were in an eligible program. The ineligible programs included English as a second language and automated computer aided design. The funds that DOE provided were used for purposes other than to further student education. The amount of loss suffered by the Department of Education is estimated to be approximately $1,000,000. Mr. Collins added that, "conspiracy to defraud, wire fraud, and student financial aid fraud carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Additionally, the student financial aid fraud alone carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $20,000 fine. Any sentence will ultimately be imposed under the United States Sentence Guidelines according to the nature of the offense and the criminal background, if any, of the defendants." Sentencing for defendants Younis, Alsabbagh, Mourtada, Jaber and Younes, has been set for October 1, 2004. This case was investigated by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney F. William Soisson. Top Printable view Share this page Last Modified: 03/03/2005 How Do I Find... Student loans, forgiveness College accreditation No Child Left Behind FERPA FAFSA 1098-E Tax Form 2015 Budget Proposal More > Information About... Transforming Teaching Family and Community Engagement Early Learning K-12 Reforms More > Connect Facebook Twitter YouTube Email RSS Google+ More > MISUSED FOIA OIG Fraud Hotline Our mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Student Loans Repaying Loans Defaulted Loans Loan Forgiveness Loan Servicers Grants & Programs Apply for Pell Grants Grants Forecast Open Grant Competitions Find Grant Programs by Eligibility Laws & Guidance No Child Left Behind FERPA Civil Rights Data & Research Education Statistics Postsecondary Education Data State Education Data Nation's Report Card What Works Clearinghouse About Us Contact Us ED Offices Jobs News FAQs Budget, Performance Notices FOIAPrivacySecurityInformation qualityInspector GeneralWhitehouse.govUSA.govBenefits.govRegulations.gov
Mahmoud Younis. Detroit, MI, June 30, 2004
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2004-06-30.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.